Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest-growing water sports in the U.S. Whitewater SUPing combines the thrill of surf kayaking and rafting into one activity. Traveling down a river on a SUP is a challenging and enriching experience. Learn paddling techniques, whitewater safety, eddy turns, and wave surfing. You'll receive professional instruction while exploring 50 miles of the scenic Lower Deschutes River in Oregon!
During your holiday, you will be staying at campsites. Camping gear is included (tents, sleeping bags, and pads).
On the first day, you will meet at 9 a.m. at the office in Maupin, Oregon. This is also the ending location for the trip, so plan to park your car here for the duration of the trip. While at the office, a brief trip orientation will be provided, and you'll pack your personal gear into dry bags. Then, you will load up the van and ride to the launch site.
At the launch site, the staff will cover river safety and paddling techniques. The transition to the water will allow adequate time to practice eddy turns, paddling, and even try surfing river waves. After lunch, you will navigate a variety of fun whitewater where you can practice your new SUP skills. Once at the evening campsite, you can relax, eat healthy food, and enjoy your favorite beverage while taking in the amazing river scenery.
On the second day, after coffee and a scrumptious breakfast, you will head out onto the river for nearly 20 miles of endless opportunities to practice your SUP skills. As you travel into roadless areas of the river canyon, you will likely have the company of big-horned sheep, jumping trout, and soaring ospreys.
You will enjoy a riverside lunch and review the morning highlights before spending the afternoon paddling fun and adventurous rapids. Once you reach camp, you can rest, eat a healthy meal, and enjoy a final, quiet night sleeping along the river. There will be plenty of time to relax or even try your luck fishing.
The third and final day will start out with a delicious breakfast and more rapids that will allow you to put your whitewater SUP skills to the test. The grand finale of this trip is the final eight miles of this action-packed river run, which features many consecutive rapids.
Lunch will be served en route to the take out where your cars will be waiting for you as the trip is wrapped up by 4 p.m. This will truly be an experience that you will be sharing with others for some time to come.
During this vacation, you will SUP daily on Deschutes River.
This vacation takes place in Maupin, Oregon, in the United States.
All meals are prepped by the guides and include a wide variety of fresh meats, cheeses, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You will get plenty of snacks and water throughout the trip.
A typical day on the water includes five to eight hours of rafting, a lunch break, swimming breaks and wildlife viewing. Evenings are a great time to go hiking, toss the Frisbee, read a book, take a nap or relax by the water. Keep in mind that every trip is different, as the weather, water flow, campsites and group dynamics all influence the trip pace and itinerary.
The Deschutes River is well known among anglers for its wild trout and steelhead. Regulations allow fishing only from riverbanks or while wading in the water. For trout, the season is year round on the Lower Deschutes. If you'd like to bring your fishing rod and give it a go, please purchase a fishing license prior to arriving at the River Drifters office.
Take I-84 E toward The Dalles. Follow I-84 E for about 80 miles. In The Dalles, take exit 87 to US-197 S toward Dufur/Bend. Drive about 40 miles until you reach Maupin. The River Drifters office is located at 405 Deschutes Ave., next to the Rainbow Tavern. If you're coming from south of Portland, drive on US-26 E. Travel through Government Camp. After you enter the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, turn left onto OR-216 E toward Maupin. Drive about 30 miles before turning right onto US-197 S. Once you reach Maupin, the River Drifters office is on the right-hand side of the street next to the Rainbow Tavern.
Drive on I-82 E and take exit 179 onto I-84 W. Once you reach The Dalles, take exit 87 going south on Hwy. 197 S toward Dufur/Bend. Drive about 40 miles until you reach Maupin. The River Drifters office is located at 405 Deschutes Ave., next to the Rainbow Tavern.
Take US-97 N. Travel through Madras and veer right (immediately after McDonalds), staying on US-97. Drive about 25 miles until you reach US-197 N. Veer left and travel about 22 miles to Maupin. Follow the highway across the bridge and up the hill. The River Drifters office is located at 405 Deschutes Ave., next to the Rainbow Tavern.
"We were visiting from Chicago and really did not know what to expect in terms of difficulty. Shion was an amazing guide! His laid back, quirky personality allowed us to have a lot of fun! The river and scenery was beautiful! I was thankful that they gave us wet-suits to wear (we went on the last trip of the season mid-October) and it wasn't too chilly! It was just the right amount of thrill and fear to get the blood pumping but we never felt unsafe! Shion is a master rafter and gave us the skills to succeed. I would go again in a heartbeat! We had many adventures on our trip to Oregon- but after asking our crew what their favorite part was- all unanimously voted that our river trip was the most memorable. Finally, after we returned we were famished! Shion gave us awesome options to grab a beer and great food on our way back to Bend. Fair price! Remember to tip your guide :) Thank you River Drifters Team!"
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"We went river rafting to celebrate our two teen-aged children's birthdays. Great fun! Our guide "young Mike" was knowledgeable and entertaining. We felt he had a good sense of what our group could manage on the river and he gave us a taste of it all. We definitely would recommend this for the more adventurous families."
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"This was a great adventure on the water. Dustin was our river guide and he was friendly, informative and fun. His explanations of the river movements during our ride and the interesting facts as we floated made it more than just a wild ride down the river. We have rafted many times and were unsure about this company - but they met and exceeded our expectations. The equipment was new, clean, and in great shape. The staff was professional and personable. Dustin was a great resource, highlighting where to find a bite to eat and the best coffee in town after our trip! We would definitely use this company again for a rafting trip!"
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